St. Barbara Capella Ruins, Langensteinbach, Badische History


The St. Barbara Capella (church) was built in the beginning of the 1300s in the town edge of Langensteinbach here in the Alb Valley. A little history (compliments of the a German information website) tells the story beautifully here: "The first documentary mention of the Barbara Chapel as "capella sanctae Barbarae" dates from 1432. The … Continue reading St. Barbara Capella Ruins, Langensteinbach, Badische History

An Evening of Chiming Bells


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89cZhBaetIo A long day of walking and siteseeing wound down with a lovely evening of church bells chiming to ring in the beauty of the day, which, of course, included a dark-strong coffee in a Italian cafe on the river's edge. The river and the bells provided a lovely musical venue, with a menagerie of … Continue reading An Evening of Chiming Bells

A small village Church, St. Ulrichs Mörsch


   

Black Forrest National Forrest and a Village


  15 kilometers in one day makes a very happy woman, and very tired feet!!! The adventure began with a tram ride to the North, and disembarking in Raumümzach--which only has one stop for the village (which also boasts a lovely place called 'Hotel Waterfall'). I packed my lunch, grabbed my rucksack and off I … Continue reading Black Forrest National Forrest and a Village

Motodrom


What an absolutely wonderful way to experience a small village then by drinking the local fair. The barkeep here at Motodrom is super friendly and very helpful. She obliging gave me some of the local history here in Kirschbaumwasen, Baden Wurtamburg, Germany. Well worth seeing and spending the day here, great natural scenary with wonderful … Continue reading Motodrom

The Legend of…St. George, the dragon slayer


According to the Golden Legend, the narrative episode of Saint George and the Dragon took place somewhere he called "Silene", in Libya; the Golden Legend is the first to place this story in Libya as a sufficiently exotic locale, where a dragon might be found. In the tenth-century Georgian narrative, the place is the fictional … Continue reading The Legend of…St. George, the dragon slayer

Schloss Bruchsal, Bruschal, Germany


The German word 'Schloss' has many meanings in English, it can mean 'castle' 'Manor' 'Estate' and so many more things!!! This particular 'Schloss' was residence of some nobility and a politcal statement of the noblemans success. The upper floor also hosts an amazing array of musical playing devices from the late 19th century and early … Continue reading Schloss Bruchsal, Bruschal, Germany

A day in Ruins, Waldkirch, Germany


  A day 'ruined' when taking an alternate route back to my abode. Absolutely Stunning!!!  I never found this place on a map for tourists or anything but with some digging, some history was learned and stumbling upon some ruins is a treasure---life off the beaten path sure has some old perks. The people in … Continue reading A day in Ruins, Waldkirch, Germany

Creativity and Coffee


I admit it, I am a coffee and postcard addict. I crave to sample and savor beans and caffeine wherever my feet go, taking a moment to send a postcard to a friend or family member.   I also collect ‘smashed’ pennies, kind where you insert a coin and a payment, turn the crank, and … Continue reading Creativity and Coffee

Over the River–and into Lauterbourg, France


  A new friend's invitation drove me to the edge, over the river, and thru the woods to a local French Restaurant---Au Bord Du Rhin Changing countries in this part of Europe is easy, by American standards. Planes, trains, automobiles, trams and so much more make it convienent and super accesible to cross borders. The … Continue reading Over the River–and into Lauterbourg, France